Thursday, February 26, 2009

Kinky - Live@5 -KXCI Presents 2/27

Friday night Kinky performs in a KXCI Presents show at Club Congress. From Monterey Mexico, Kinky create a wild dance party fusing funk, house, electronica and rock en espanol.

Tune in for Friday's Live@5 on The Homestretch for an in-studio performance and interview.

The past couple of times Kinky has come through town they have played at the casinos but here is a chance to see them at an intimate venue. Your bound to see their latin energy propelling rave youth alongside serious salsa dancers.
Club Congress doors open at
9pm with The Jons kicking off the night.

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Rosano Bros. Virtual Quartet - Live@5

Tune in Thursday Feb. 26th for a Live@5 performance on The Homestretch from the Rosano Bros. Virtual Quartet.
The Rosano Bros are known for their stellar horn playing, but in their Virtual Quartet the combine sax, trumpet, piano and drums into one quartet. It is like two one-man band in one! (say that three times fast)
They will be celebrating the release of their new CD, Live at Dante's House, Friday 2/27 at Plush with Loveland and the Silver Thread Trio.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Featured Albums this Week: Neko Case, The Von Bondies

Your Morning Brew's Featured Album of the Week (spins weekdays at 8:20am):
NEKO CASE, Middle Cyclone

"They don’t make country queens like they used to. Those singers with big-sky voices who somehow managed to sound both tough and teary at the same time – people like Patsy Cline or Tammy Wynette or Kitty Wells. If there’s one latterday singer deserving of such company, though, it’s Neko Case. Like members of that elite, she pulls off the enviable trick of appearing both simple and sophisticated, but crucially, has never flirted with the mawkish mush that too often passes for “authentic” country. She’s more attuned to the vernacular idioms of rural music than the false trinketry of Nashville Central. Her sixth album Middle Cyclone both reasserts and expands on all that. It’s more than just country; it’s a glorious pop album with roots in classic rock, folk, Motown and more." - Uncut Magazine's 4 star review

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The Home Stretch's Pick of the Week (spins weekdays around 4pm):
THE VON BONDIES, Love Hate and Then There's You

"Love, Hate, and Then There's You sounds like it could've come out five months after Pawn Shoppe Heart, never mind five years. On that last album, the Von Bondies were already initiating a spiritual break from the Detroit garage-rock scene that birthed them, tempering their blues-punk swing with bubblegum-sweet choruses; Love, Hate shifts that process into overdrive." - Pitchfork Magazine review

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Newest Public Service Messages

Five of the newst Public Service Announcements at your Community Radio, KXCI 91.3FM.

Peace Walk: The annual Jewish-Muslim PeaceWalk Tucson is March 8th. The 2-mile walk promotes coexistence and mutual understanding. It begins at 2pm, March 8th at Congregation Or Chadash, 3939 North Alvernon, and ends with a meal at 5:30 pm at the Al Huda Islamic School, at 2800 East River Road. Transportation between sites is provided. You are asked to bring your own water bottles. Learn more at

Solar Rock: The Food Conspiracy Co-op and Geo Innovation invite you to Solar Rock, March 28th from noon to 6 at Himmel Park, Speedway and Tucson Boulevard. This free solar-powered festival features Spirit Familia, The Wayback Machine, Greg Morton and String Figures, Bruce Phillips, Mirror Image, the Arizona Daily Star's Battle of the Bands winner, and more. Enjoy an awesome day of music, speakers, food and exhibits on solar energy. Try coming by bike, bus or foot. More information at

St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival: Tis' time again for Tucson's annual free Saint Patrick's Day Parade and Festival, Sunday, March 15th starting at 10am at Armory Park in downtown Tucson. Celebrate Irish heritage and shake your shamrocks with live music, food, fun, and frolics. Learn more at

Xeriscape Contest: The Arizona Department of Water Resources and the Tucson Botanical Gardens present the 9th annual Xeriscape Contest, where water-wise landscaping can win you great prizes including a rain tank, harvesting barrels and low-water use trees. Learn more and find application forms at Entries must be postmarked or dropped off at the Gardens by March 23rd.

Flow: On Tuesday, March 10th, at 7pm, the Loft Cinema and Watershed Management Group present the award-winning documentary Flow. Flow details the world-wide water crisis and how we can work locally to help. Brad Lancaster, author of Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands, will be the featured speaker at the event. This is a special, one night only screening. Proceeds benefit the non-profit Watershed Management Group and the Loft. Learn more at

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Mardi Gras Pictures available on line

Guess what? I just loaded 63 pictures from 91.3 KXCI's fabulous Mardi Gras Party at the El Casino Ballroom. Here's a picture of The Right Reverend Jeremiah Peabody, Minister Dance, accordion player for Black Leather Zydeco, and one of the hosts of Tabasco Road. Join the "Fans of KXCI" group on Facebook to see the rest of the pictures. There just might be a picture of you.

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Friday, February 20, 2009

B-Side Players - Live@5 & KXCI Presents

Latin Reggae Rockers the B-Side Players perform Friday, Feb 20th at Plush in a KXCI Presents show. Tune in for a stripped down acoustic performance for Live@5 Friday afternoon on The Homestretch.

B-Side Players explore the multifaceted grooves of Latin America and the Caribbean, incorporating the sounds of Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico and Brazil with the funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop rhythms of their homeland. They Players have won the San Diego Music Awards Best World Music category five years running!

The Hounds
open this Greenhouse Productions show at Plush at 9pm.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

12th Annual Homelessness Marathon Broadcast

91.3 KXCI Community Radio to Broadcast 12th Annual Homelessness Marathon

6:00PM Monday, February 23 to
7:00AM Tuesday, February 24
91.3 KXCI Tucson

Community Radio 91.3 KXCI will broadcast the 12th Annual Homelessness Marathon live, from Monday February 23 at 6:00PM through 7:00AM Tuesday, February 24. The Homelessness Marathon is an annual 14-hour radio broadcast featuring the voices and stories of homeless people from around the United States. The Homelessness Marathon features live call-ins all night long via a national toll-free number. Homelessness has always been an issue in Tucson and across the country. This year, an unprecedented number of people are becoming newly homeless.

There will be two call-in numbers for the broadcast.

ANYONE may call 877-NOBODY-8 (877-662-6398)
People who are homeless, formerly homeless or afraid they're about to be
homeless may also call 866-LEFT-OUT (866-533-8688)

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The 12th Annual Homelessness Marathon will originate from Pass Christian, Mississippi. Pass Christian is next door to Waveland, MS, which the Army Corps of Engineers officially designates as the "Ground Zero," where Hurricane Katrina came ashore. We call it the "other" Ground Zero, because it's the one that didn't get the attention (or the multi-trillion dollar response) that was given to the Ground Zero in New York.

Pass Christian was less affected than Waveland, losing a mere 100% of its public buildings, 100% of its businesses and 80% of its homes. Though the Gulf Coast is probably only about 20% rebuilt and there is a drastic shortage of affordable housing, the state and Federal governments will soon remove the remaining temporary trailers and cottages. Thousands of desperately poor elderly and disabled people and single parent families with young children are about to be thrown on the streets with nowhere to go.

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Mind Meets Music Benefit: Lou Reed & Laurie Anderson

KXCI is a proud sponsor of the April 5th "Mind Meets Music" concert at the Chandler Center for the Arts, featuring Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson.

The concert is a benefit for the Yongey Peace Prevails Center. Learn more at

The day includes an introduction to Meditation & Music by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche.

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Featured Album of the Week: M. Ward "Hold Time"

Join Jim Blackwood weekdays at 8:20am for the Featured Album of the Week on Your Morning Brew (weekdays 7am-10am).

This week's featured album is M. Ward's "Hold Time," releasing February 17th on Merge Records. A long-time KXCI favorite, this is Ward's fifth studio album, sixth if you count the She & Him release Volume One (and we do it, is was great!).

The album is available for ordering from Tucson's locally-based music stores, or through the link below to If ordered through Amazon, KXCI receives a percentage of your purchase.

Photo Credit: Paste Magazine

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Friday, February 13, 2009

KXCI Celebrates Black History Month

KXCI celebrates Black History Month with a series of brief biographies, quotes and recollections about influential African Americans. Contributors include local elementary, high school and college students, instructors and community members. Long time Tucson radio producer Chuck Simms also contributed some Black Biographies from his vaults.

Segments can be heard at the following times:

11:30am Monday through Sunday
4:00 pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
4:30 pm Tuesday
9:00 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Here is a list of participants and profiles.

Rosa Parks- Albert Green 4- Townsend Middle School
Langston Hughes- Cynerria Wrench- Townsend Middle School
Sojourner Truth- Rand Quinn Townsend Middle School
MLK- Albert Green- Townsend; Arthur Ashe- Jamal Dillon, Ft. Lowell Elementary
Mae Jamerson- Isha Ewing Townsend Middle
Greensboro 4- Janae Waggoner- Ft. Lowell Elementary
Thurgood Marshall- Jasmine McKinney- Townsend Middle School
Marian Wright Edelman- Kyra Neumann; Charles Chestnut- Nykashia Holland- Ft. Lowell Elem
Shirley Chisholm- Lorenzo Crowder- Townsend Middle School
Martin Luther King, Jr. - Namir Williams- Townsend Middle School

Paul Robeson- Chuck Simms
Rosa Parks- Albert Green 4- Townsend Middle School
Langston Hughes- Dr. Fred Wiggins UA
Langston Hughes- Cynerria Wrench Townsend Middle School
W. E. B. DuBois- Chuck Simms
Sojourner Truth- Rand Quinn Townsend Middle School
MLK- Albert Green ; Arthur Ashe- Jamal Dillon, Ft. Lowell
James Brown- Erik Emerson TUSD Staff
Benjamin Banneker- Chuck Simms
Mae Jamerson- Isha Ewing Townsend
Amiri Baraka- Kim Kunnie TUSD
Lucille Clifton- Chelsea Hodson UA
Frederick Douglas- Chuck Simms
Greensboro 4- Janae Waggoner Ft. Lowell Elem
Margaret Campbell- Gloria Smith Ret. UA
Pittsburgh Courier- Elaine House TUSD
Henry Ossawa Tanner- Chuck Simms
Thurgood Marshall- Jasmine McKinney- Townsend
Nikki Giovanni- Sandy Acevedo- Community
Betsy Coleman- Wanda F. Moore- Community
Bose Ikard- Chuck Simms
Marian Wright Edelman- Kira Neumann; Charles Chestnut- Nykashia Holland Ft. Lowell
Janet Bragg- Gloria Smith- Community
Ann Plato- Doris Williams TUSD
Mathew Alexander Hanson- Chuck Simms
Shirley Chisholm- Lorenzo Crowder- Townsend
Prince Hall- Tina Wade TUSD
Dorothy Height- Wanda F. Moore- Community
Crispus Atticks- Chuck Simms
Martin Luther King, Jr. - Namir Williams- Townsend

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

James Hunter Stops by the KXCI Studios

James Hunter stopped by the KXCI Studios for a live performance. He's opening up for Susan Tedeschi at the Rialto Theatre tonight.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

James Hunter & Susan Tedeschi - Live@5 - 2/11

Tune in for a great double bill of live in-studio performances with James Hunter and Susan Tedeschi on The Homestretch this Wednesday, February 11th. These KXCI Studio 2A sessions are a chance to hear intimate interviews and live performances with some of our favorite artists.

James Hunter will be on around 3:45 for a solo performance. Van Morrison calls James Hunter "the best voice and best-kept secret in British R&B and soul." James became a KXCI favorite with the release of his record, People Gonna Talk, a couple years ago.

Susan Tedeschi is a powerful vocalist and blues guitarist. Her new album, Back To The River, has been a favorite of the KXCI DJ's the past few months. Susan will be on around 5pm.

Both Susan Tedeschi and James Hunter will be performing Wednesday night, Feb. 11th, at The Rialto Theatre in a KXCI Presents show. Doors open at 7pm.

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Sunday, February 08, 2009

KXCI Congratulates Grammy Winners

The Grammy Awards were handed out Sunday night in California, and while KXCI doesn't like to fixate on award contests (after all, we get to vote for our favorite songs about every four minutes...), we would like to acknowledge awards received by some of our favorites, songs and artists we were proud to bring to the Tucson airwaves:

Raising Sand by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.

"Please Read The Letter" by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, from their collaboration Raising Sand.

"Viva La Vida" by Coldplay, from Viva La Vida.


Rick Rubin (for Weezer, Jakob Dylan, Metallica, Neil Diamond, etc. etc. etc.)

Adele, for "Chasing Pavements" from 19.

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss for "Rich Woman" from Raising Sand.

Rockferry by Duffy.

"Peaches En Regalia" by Dweezil Zappa, from Zappa Plays Zappa.

In Rainbows by Radiohead.

"Stay With Me (By The Sea)" by Al Green, with John Legend, from Al's Lay It Down.

"You've Got The Love I Need" by Al Green, featuring Anthony Hamilton, from Al's Lay It Down.

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss for "Killing The Blues" from Raising Sand.

Honoring The Fathers Of Bluegrass: Tribute To 1946 And 1947, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.

Loverly by Cassandra Wilson.

Down in New Orleans by The Blind Boys of Alabama.

Viva La Revolucion by Ruben Ramos & The Mexican Revolution.

Raíces by Los Tigres Del Norte.

One Kind Favor by B.B. King.

City That Care Forgot by Dr. John and The Lower 911.

At 89 by Pete Seeger.

Raising Sand by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.

Live At The 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival by BeauSoleil & Michael Doucet.

Jah Is Real by Burning Spear.

Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu by Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Global Drum Project by Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju & Giovanni Hidalgo.


And congratulations to Al Gore (Spoken Word) and the late great George Carlin (Comedy Album) on their Grammy wins!

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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Steve Poltz - Live@5 - Thursday 2/2

Join us today for Live@5, when Steve Poltz stops by The Homestretch for a live Studio 2a performance and interview.

Steve Poltz, a master entertainer who is part sensitive balladeer, part stand-up comic, part punk-rocker and part classical guitarist all wrapped into a one-man dramatic production, is back in Tucson for a show tonight at Club Congress, 8pm.

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Monday, February 02, 2009

KXCI Mardi Gras Celebration, Feb. 21st

Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!

Let the good times roll at KXCI's Mardi Gras celebration, set for Saturday, February 21st at the historic El Casino Ballroom, 437 East 26th Street.

Doors open at 7pm with the music kicking in at 7:30pm.

We're putting local bands to work for this celebration, letting us keep the costs down for you party goers! Tickets are $8 in advance ($10 at the door). Free beads for the first 200 people.

Carnivaleros is confirmed as our headliner. Black Leather Zydeco opens the show. Learn more about Carnivaleros at their website: Learn morea about Black Leather Zydeco at their website:
Tickets are now on sale at KXCI, and are available now through the KXCI Web Store:

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